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Hormel Foods Celebrates Accomplishments through Innovation and the Role of Research & Development at Annual Shareholder Meeting


Austin, Minn.

During its annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Minn., Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), celebrated a number of achievements met during fiscal year 2012, as well as the role of Research & Development in those accomplishments.

Jeffery M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods, offered insights on the company’s recent growth and shared highlights from the year, including:

  • The delivered sales growth of 4 percent, ending the year at a record $8.2 billion, with all five segments registering increases, as well as increasing the annual dividend for the 47th consecutive year;
  • Hormel Foods meeting its ambitious “Go for $2B by 2012” goal by achieving $2 billion in total sales from new products created since 2000 by the end of fiscal year 2012; and
  • Showcasing the team finalists of the company’s annual Best of the Best and Sustainability Best of the Best competitions.

Phillip L. Minerich, Ph.D., vice president of Research and Development at Hormel Foods, delivered the meeting’s featured presentation, in which he discussed how science, safety and collaboration are central to the company’s innovation strategy.

Minerich provided the audience with an overview of the practices and procedures that allow Hormel Foods to produce great-tasting, safe and innovative products.

FY2012 Financial Results

During fiscal year 2012, Hormel Foods:

– Experienced record dollar sales of $8.2 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year;

– Increased net earnings per share by 7 percent over 2011; and

– Registered sales increases in all five operating segments year over year:

  • Grocery Products up 10 percent;
  • Refrigerated Foods up 1 percent;
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store up 6 percent;
  • Specialty Foods up 11 percent; and
  • All Other (International) up 7 percent.
About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit